The Christians in the world. “Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit. This type of writing is also called an apologetics letter or an apology. Although neither author nor recipient is known for certain, the Letter to Diognetus purports . Letter to Diognetus, an early Christian apologetic work probably dating from the 2nd or 3rd century ad. It is often included with the works of the Apostolic Fathers, .
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Then he took the burden of our iniquities on himself.
The sacrifices, then, were not for God; they were for the Jews, who did not all have the Spirit as New Testament disciples do. And to glory in the circumcision of the flesh as a proof of election, and as if, on account of it, they were specially beloved by God — how is it not a subject of ridicule?
Epistle to Diognetus
Of whom some episgle that fire was Godcalling that God to which they themselves were by and by to come; and some water; and others some other of the elements formed by God.
Similarly, the Christians, although subjected to punishment on a daily basis, keep increasing in number. They especially liked Plato, both a philosopher and poet, whose verses they often used to prove there was one God the Creator.
Their familiarity with the philosophers and poets of Greece and their knowledge of nature were of great benefit in defending the faith they believed in.
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If you also desire [to possess] this faith, you likewise shall receive first of all the knowledge of the Father. For He that made heaven and earth, and all that is therein, and gives to us all the things of which we stand in need, certainly requires none of those things which He Himself bestows on such as think of furnishing them to Him.
Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. He spoke plainly to them. For example, Hebrews 4: As citizens, they share in all things with others, and yet endure all things as if foreigners.
This was not that He at all delighted in our sins, but that He simply endured them; nor that He approved the time of working iniquity which then was, but that He sought to form a mind conscious of righteousness, so that being convinced in that time of our unworthiness of attaining life through our own works, it should now, through the kindness of God, be vouchsafed to us; and having made it manifest that in ourselves we were unable to enter into the kingdom of God, we might through the power of God be made able.
I welcome this desire of yours, and I implore God, who enable idognetus both to speak and to hear, to let me speak in such a way that, more than anything, I may hear that you have been built up. Instead, I’m trying to show you what early Christianity was like.
They do not inhabit cities of their own, use a particular way of speaking, nor lead a life marked out by any curiosity. Every foreign land is like their homeland to them, and every land of their birth is like a land of strangers. You’ve seen these people who have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.
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Diognetus. The Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus (translation Roberts-Donaldson).
The soul loves the flesh that hates it, as well diogentus its parts. The soul is imprisoned in the body, yet preserves that very body. That the wickedness of many should be hid in epiatle single righteous One, and that the righteousness of One should justify many transgressors!
The Jewsthen, if they abstain from the kind of service above described, and deem it proper to worship one God as being Lord of all, [are right]; but if they offer Him worship in the way which we have described, they greatly err. I minister the things delivered to me to those that are disciples worthy of the truth.
Come and contemplate, not only with your eyes but also with your understanding,the substance dognetus form of those whom you declare and deem to be gods.
And He has manifested Himself through faithto which alone it is given to behold God. He is the epiwtle early Christian writer not to do so. But the one who combines knowledge with fear and searches for life—that one plants in hope, expecting fruit.
From a letter to Diognetus: The Christian in the world
When punished, they rejoice as if quickened into life; they are assailed by the Jews as foreigners, and are persecuted by the Greeks; eplstle those who hate them are unable to assign any reason for their hatred.
The soul is imprisoned in the body, yet keeps together that very body; and Christians are confined in the world as in a prisonand yet they keep together the world. They love all men and are persecuted by all.
I do not speak of things strange to me, nor do I aim at anything inconsistent with right reason; but having been a disciple of the Apostles, I have become a teacher of the Gentiles.
Then Eve will not be corrupted but trusted as a virgin.
Letter to Diognetus
O benefits beyond any expectation! For, who of men at all understood before His coming what God is? As the soul benefits from the deprivation of food and drink, so Christians flourish under persecution.